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1/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
City's water clean, but it reeks for some Kingman customers

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


On Jan. 3, the city relocated the chlorine insertion point for a well that services north Kingman, and within days the city began receiving complaints of horrible tasting and smelling water coming out of people's taps.

"The water is clear and clean, but it tastes and smells bad," said George Sedich, the city's water superintendent. "It's not harmful. I've even been drinking it."

The city tested the water Tuesday, and Sedich said there was no indication that it contained harmful bacteria.

There are plans to continue taking spot samples of the water in order to make sure it continues to be harmless.

To city has been flushing the system and will continue doing so until officials are satisfied that the water tastes and smells better.

"We've received a number of calls," Sedich said.

But it seems to be spotty, he said. Some people are complaining about the water while others who live close to those complaining haven't reported any problems.

A pump had been used for chlorine insertion, but the city switched to a system that puts the disenfectant directly into the well.

"It's the same amount of chlorine," Sedich said. "It's just (being inserted from) a different location."

Sedich hoped to have the problem solved by Friday but expected it would be dealt with no later than the end of the weekend.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014
Article comment by: randy schaefer

after this last storm we had my water smells of dirt really bad i was wondering if there where other's that had this bad oder as well if so please contact me at randy12211@hotmail.com this just happened about the second week of august

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Pomeroy

When I use to live in Kingman the water tasted so good right out of the tap.This is now worrying me since I just bought property there again. I think someone needs to take a gallon of the nasty smelling water and take it and have it tested. There are Universities out there that could test the water. There are also places in Phoenix and Tempe AZ that could test it.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Barrett

I just move to Kingman and I have noticed the smell and tatse of the water. I have also noticed little white specks floating in the water near the botom of a glass. Reading the article and seeing what comes out of my sink I wonder are they getting there water from some other source? Clearly the water I get is not the same as wht is mentioned in this article.

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: Gabby B

"The water is clear and clean, but it tastes and smells bad," said George Sedich, the city's water superintendent. "It's not harmful. I've even been drinking it."
OH REALLY! Since when is water that smells bad, looks dirty and needs chemicals in it to disinfect it NOT harmful?
I would really like to see him drink water directly from a faucet!
I would also suggest that Sedich get a new pair of glasses if he can't see how dirty this water really is!


Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: pu pupuhi

I don't drink the water period..I buy bottled water...at 25cent a gallon.

Washing your veh. it has alot of water spot..watering your plants they get water spot...
take your showers, alot of calcium on the walls..where does it comes from...well, we paying the bill..my bill for dis month $119.91.


Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: peggy may

i live in the butler area my family cant even take showers with out a smell. there is difinitely a promblen.


Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Filtering Doesn't Help

I have a full 3-stage, well maintained, reverse osmosis system. Straight from the tap the water tastes and smells great.

But, if that glass of water sits out for any amount of time, very soon it knocks your hat off when you stick your nose in it.

That would indicate to me that some dissolved substance is oxidizing when it hits the air. I've smelled home aquariums that weren't maintained properly and Kingman's water appears to be headed in that direction.

Even if the city and outlying areas were forced to go sewer and abandon all septic systems, what's already working its way through the dirt under our feet will take decades to clean itself up.

It may be safe to drink -- just hold your nose while doing so -- or maybe a squirt of bourbon, just to kill the germs, you see.


Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Hold Your Nose While Chugging

Well it was the city fathers that decided decades ago to start drilling wells downstream from thousands of failing septic systems. Doesn't surprise me much.

Kingman used to have the best tasting water in the world when they pumped it out of Johnson Canyon into redwood tanks.

I spent the summer in Flagstaff back in '52 and remember not being able to see the drain plug in a bathtub full of water from their lakes. I remember asking my aunt how I was supposed to get clean in "That stuff".

Interesting that "flushing" is the city's answer when that is likely what got us to this point in the first place.


Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: YOU WOULD THINK

With the amount we pay for sewer fees our water should taste and smell like do drops from unexplored peaks in the amazon forest.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Have city water Independently tested .

I wouldn't drink the city water if someone paid me. Post the results in the newspaper from an independent water lab, if you are so confident the water is clean to drink and bathe in.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Water Customer

Well that's nice meanwhile who is going to pay for all the bottled water I have been buying? I even use to brush my teeth, make coffee, everything! I want a refund on my water bill.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: at a loss for Words

???????????????????????????????

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wondering

I have recently noticed a faint oily residue on the surface of the water in the Butler area near the college. Has anyone else seen this? It seems to be going away.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Is this true?

So when you say"A pump had been used for chlorine insertion, but the city switched to a system that puts the disinfectant directly into the well". You're really saying you are pumping this into a aquifer. The same aquifer shared by others not necessarily Kingman. Is that true?




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